|Friday 13th March 8pm|
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'A Night with Mary McEvoy' presented by Noggin Theatre Company.
Please note that this show will only go ahead with a minimum of 50 bookings. If you are interested in attending please book your tickets early. Buy online or call the box office. Credit cards accepted.
Noggin Theatre Company (Violet Gibson:The Woman Who Shot Mussolini, Liv) is delighted to return by popular demand with A Night with Mary McEvoy including Fruitcake (55mins) written and directed by Alice Barry and an interval followed by fun and frolics with Alice and Mary.
Mary McEvoy (Biddy in Glenroe), one of Irelands best-loved actors will perform the hugely successful Fruitcake after which there will be an interval. ‘Here’s some I made earlier’ fruitcake will be provided. Mary will then return for a discussion with Alice Barry (Writer and Director). They will review Mary’s acting career, books, buddhism, depression and recent weight loss and the floor will be open for any questions from the audience. Mary will be available to sign copies of her books and meet and greet any interested parties.
Warning; both parties prone to outbursts of song and poetry.
Fruitcake (First Half)
Mary McEvoy captivates her audience in this delightful, moving one woman show. Under the guise of a cookery demonstration where Della Dolan shows us how to make ‘the perfect Fruitcake’ she divests provoking memories to give a fascinating account of her life on an Irish farm. She divulges a chequered past involving hardship, murder and intrigue but most of all great sacrifice, realisation and love. Funny and poignant with accessible visuals this play will make you laugh and cry and remind you why life is ultimately rewarding and exciting for all its ups and downs.
Discussion (Second Half)
Mary and Alice regale the audience with anecdotes and information, fun and frolics. A massive success at Midleton Arts Festival.
‘Alice Barry’s carefully written play has a further reaching ambition. The skill of the writing is that there is never a sense of lurching gear changes being made to encompass the various plot developments.It is an unexpectedly moving piece of work.’
Liam Heylin, Evening Echo.
Alice Barry on Mary McEvoy.
Having had the great pleasure of working with Mary in the past I am delighted to have the opportunity to spend time with this ever evolving strong supportive woman. We met recently in Ballyseedy to discuss our upcoming show in My Place for The Midleton Arts Festival. As always Mary was there when I arrived. I say this as a person who admires old school values of manners and decency. I was on time and Mary, as always was on time. I first met Mary in 2010 while living and working in Meath. I was commissioned by Meath County Council to write a piece for Bealtaine senior citizens festival and Fruitcake was born. A friend suggested Mary for the part as she was living nearby in Delvin but as an unknown playwright I approached with nerves and trepidation. What if she hated it? What if she thought I had a nerve to approach her? I grew up on Glenroe like everyone else and Mary had worked with some of the best theatre directors this country has to offer. I needn’t have worried, Mary loved it and was on board from the start. We have toured Fruitcake all over the country from Donegal to Kenmare and even braved a stormy Inis Oirr one winters night so it’s a real pleasure to be bringing it back with Mary at the helm. We’ve had a few funny scrapes and near misses and Mary’s professionalism and patience have made this journey one I will treasure forever. She has become a great friend and mentor and I am constantly in awe of her courage in her battle with depression and weight so I was more than pleasantly surprised to see a much lighter sparkling Mary seated in Ballyseedy. She tells me that this new body feels somewhat foreign to her.
“It’s literally like an our-of-body experience. Like I’m a character in a play, settling into this new suit of clothes, costume.” She tells me how Lighter Life asked her to become an ambassador for their brand but it involved being photographed in gym clothes.
“I couldn’t imagine a worse nightmare.” But in true courageous Mary spirit she did it and was delighted with the results.
“Sometimes you just have to put yourself out of you comfort zone. I never thought I’d be happy to even wear gym clothes not to mind being photographed in them.”
I’m delighted to report that Mary may look half the size after having lost almost 5 stone but her humour and charisma are still larger than life. A Night With Mary McEvoy is guaranteed to be a unique experience and a night of love and laughter. Hopefully you can join us in this celebration.